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Dear Residents:

On behalf of the Library’s Board of Trustees, staff and community of supporters, I want thank you for your vote of confidence by renewing the 1-mill, 5-year operating levy that appeared on the November ballot. This levy, combined with stability in funding from the State of Ohio, will help us to sustain recent investments in operating hours, circulating collections of physical and digital materials, technology infrastructure, educational programming for all ages, services and much more.

Over the past three years, we have witnessed increased demand for early literacy programming and services for youth, and participation in our summer reading club is hovering at all-time high levels. In response, we have expanded our early literacy program offerings. One of the Library’s key strategic priorities is to secure early literacy for our community while building a culture of life-long readers. We know that a community that reads is more likely to succeed and thrive.

In support of this priority, we will soon embark on a renovation of the Library’s second floor. Occupying the entirety of the second floor, the children’s area will soon be modified to make room for an interactive space designed to encourage hands-on learning through play. The new space will find its home beneath the lofty, light-infused cupola in the southeast corner of the building. This renovation project is made possible by the generous commitment of the Wadsworth Public Library Foundation to fund the majority share of the total project cost. The construction documents are presently in the works, and more details will be shared as soon as they are available. I invite you to follow this project via our website. The renovation will not increase Library operating costs.

As spring draws near, the Foundation’s 7th annual Dave Hopkins Bookin’ 5K Race and Fun Walk is just around the corner. Walkers and runners interested in participating can save the date of Saturday, May 13, 2017. Details will be available here, so please mark your calendars and stay tuned!

You can keep up to date on the renovation, the upcoming Bookin’ 5K Run, Friends of the Library book sales and other developments at WPL by joining our email newsletter today! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your family.

Again, we thank you so much for your support and engagement.


Daniel Slife